Did the season’s results change the coaching hierarchy? Perhaps just a little bit.
Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres ranked the Top 20 coaches in the country, taking into account what’s happened so far this season. Not surprisingly, that means 7-0 Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and 4-1 Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo (beat Houston) have boosted their status to Nos. 19 and 17, respectively.
But what of the Big Ten? Of the 20 coaches on the list, three call the Big Ten home:
- No. 2 Urban Meyer, Ohio State
- No. 3 Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
- No. 8 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
No. 1 is Alabama’s Nick Saban, so no real surprise there. But with Meyer and Harbaugh taking two of the top-3 spots, it shows (again) just how much the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has returned to dominating college football talk throughout the nation. Sorry, Alabama-Auburn.
It’s hard to argue with the results, either. Harbaugh has Michigan No. 3 in the AP Poll in only in his second season and is 16-3 with the Wolverines.
Meyer has done even better. He won a national title in 2014, had an unbeaten season in 2012 and is 56-4 with the Buckeyes. 56-4! And this season’s club is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Finally, it’s important to note Dantonio’s top-10 inclusion. It would be easy to drop him even further down any list because Michigan State is 2-4 and has lost four in a row. But the Spartans made the College Football Playoff just one season ago and had been stringing together 11-plus win seasons in a row until this year. There’s little reason to doubt him.
Here’s Torres on Harbaugh:
There’s no need to get into the nitty gritty with Harbaugh; his resume speaks for itself. He took Stanford from arguably the worst Power 5 school in the country to a Top 5 team, then went to a Super Bowl two years later with San Francisco. He’s already got Michigan in the thick of the playoff conversation a year-and-a-half after arriving at in Ann Arbor. Whether you love Harbaugh or hate him, the guy is a superstar.